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German appeal court rejects ‘natural’ vanilla suit against Ritter

Consumer group Stiftung Warentest fails to prove Ritter is unjustly masquerading vanilla flavor piperonal as natural in its Whole Hazelnut bars

A German appeal court has ruled that Ritter Sport’s vanilla flavor in its whole hazelnut product is correctly labelled after consumer group Stiftung Warentest challenged it.

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Premium chocolatiers flock to tin packaging for brand longevity

UK tin packaging firm The Box has seen an uptick in premium chocolate companies moving to tin packs to make longer brand impressions on consumers.

Follow the light: LED-lit displays boost candy sales, claims Mars

Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley have introduced cash counter racks illuminated with LED lighting that they claim can increase front end confectionery sales by 10-12%.

Oxfam calls for greater controls on huge agri public–private partnerships

The increasing trend towards government investment partnerships with large multinationals threatens land rights, equality and the environment in Africa, an Oxfam report warns.

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Convenience food spurs Asia-Pacific sales growth in packaging technology from FoodProductionDaily.com

Asia-Pacific is driving global growth in food packaging technology due to the rising popularity of convenience foods and branded products, according to research and consultancy firm MarketsandMarkets.

Fermented milk product containing probiotics 'improved' IBS: Danone research from DairyReporter.com

Danone Nutricia Research and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) have publishing findings they claim show the “beneficial” effect of fermented milk products containing probiotics on gut microbiota.

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Changing food landscape: ‘I need a passport, food doesn’t’ from FoodQualityNews.com

The landscape of food safety is changing with shifting consumer diets, enhanced legislation, globalization and increased public awareness, according to 3M.

Mangos may lower blood sugar in obese adults: Study from NutraIngredients.com

Consumption of freeze-dried mango may reduce blood glucose levels for obese individuals, according to researchers. 

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Mars patent for processing unfermented cocoa beans
Patent Watch

Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would...

Lead and cadmium in dark chocolate: Kids exposed

Kids exposed to cadmium in dark chocolate - but they'd have to eat a lot to exceed health limits

A study says regular dark chocolate consumption raises children's exposure to cadmium but they would have to eat over...

Hershey and Cargill Ivory coast cocoa program

Hershey and Cargill team up on Ivorian cocoa program

Hershey has partnered with its supplier Cargill to bring its cocoa sustainability program to the Côte d’Ivoire,...

Lindt North America chief takes reins at Russell Stover
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Lindt North America chief takes reins at Russell Stover

Lindt & Sprüngli has appointed its North America senior vice president Andreas Pfluger to lead the newly...

UAE chocolate market growth prospects

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe...

Got Milk lawsuit against Bridge Brands Chocolate

‘Got Milk’ owner sues Bridge Brands Chocolate in trademark spat

The California Milk Processor Board has accused confectioner Bridge Brands Chocolate of unlawfully using and sub-licensing its...

Strauss settles Cadbury Israel lawsuit with Carmit Candy

Strauss pays $2.5m to settle Cadbury Israel lawsuit

The Strauss Group has reached a NIS 9m ($2.5m) out-of-court settlement with Cadbury distributor Carmit Candy, bringing...

Cocoa child slavery case against Nestlé, ADM and Cargill proceeds

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for...

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